Well, we did already know that Pokemon Sun and Moon was going to have more info revealed at E3 this year. And hey, what do you know? It happened, and we now have information about three new Pokemon from the Alola region!
First up, is Pikipek. This woodpecker like Pokemon is presumably the one we saw in the original dev video, and acts as the common bird species in the region. It’s a Normal/Flying type, is described as the Woodpecker Pokemon and has the abilities Keen Eye and Skill Link. Keen Eye stops it losing accuracy, Skill Link causes multi-hit moves to always hit five times. The first is likely much more useful for Pikipek and its evolutions in battle, since multi-hit moves aren’t particularly powerful in this franchise.
It’s also confirmed that it evolves twice, like Pigeot and its other earlier counterparts.
Yungoos is the second new Pokemon announced. Said to be the ‘Loitering Pokemon’, it’s a Normal type with either Stakeout or Strong Jaw as its abilities. The latter is pretty obvious in its effect, but the former is a new ability which causes its attacks to do double damage to any Pokemon that enters the field mid-battle. Bit like Pursuit as an ability really.
We’ve also got Grubbin. A larva Pokemon with the Bug typing, it has the Swarm ability. This increases the power of Bug moves by 1.5 if it has less than a third of its health remaining.
You can see all the Pokemon above (and more) in this video:
In addition to them, we also got two new formes for the legendary Pokemon of the Alola region. These give Solgaleo and Luanala a new appearance (and likely) better stats and abilities. Here are some pictures showing them off:
These ‘Radiant Sun’ and ‘Full Moon’ phases seem like they won’t be normal Mega Evolutions or what not, and could act similar to Primal Groudon/Primal Kyogre/Mega Rayquaza in Pokemon Omega Ruby and Alpha Sapphire. Either way, we’ll have to wait for more info there.
There’s also a bit more info about Magearna. Yeah, the artificial Pokemon we saw when the game was first announced. It’s apparently a Steel/Fairy type with the ability Soul-Heart, which boosts Special Attack by 1 when another Pokemon in the area faints. What’s more, it’s apparently also gotten through the QR code scanning feature for the game, which is an interesting touch. Hope it’s not too overpowered for the early game!
And that’s all the new Pokemon announcements for a while. Are more to come? Well, probably. This is the Pokemon series after all, and these announcements are a dime a dozen with it. But still, we get three interesting new Pokemon and two new legendary formes in one livestream, which is a decent enough announcement for the game. What do you think of the new Pokemon shown above? Or the new info revealed for the region’s legendary Pokemon?
A few months back, we got our first look at a generation 7 Pokemon called Magearna. Known as the artificial Pokemon, it was supposed constructed by a human civilisation 500 years ago.
But what we didn’t get, was any information about its typing. Well, that’s now changed. Thanks to an update on the official Pokemon website, it can now be revealed that this is a Steel/Fairy type Pokemon. Which was kind of obvious based on the design, but it’s nice to know regardless.
Also, it’s apparently 3’3 tall and 177.5 lbs. In case you wanted more useless Pokemon trivia that doesn’t really affect the actual game.
But what do you think of this Pokemon’s type combination? Is it a good choice?
Well, it was already discovered yesterday thanks to an early trademark application, but now it’s official. The Pokemon Direct has come and past, and Pokemon Sun and Pokemon Moon really are the next generation of Pokemon titles. What’s more, they’ll be out later this year and will be released exclusively for the 3DS in late 2016.
Here’s the presentation, if you somehow missed it the first time around:
US Pokemon Direct
UK Pokemon Direct
Japanese Pokemon Direct
As you can see, Pokemon Sun and Moon have been announced for 2016, they’ll be available in 9 languages (with Chinese traditional and simplified being the new ones) and Pokemon can be transferred from the Virtual Console games to the new ones via Pokemon Bank.
As people who’ve played the original Pokemon games back on their release date probably know, one of the best things about it was all the glitches that weren’t really supposed to be in the game. And out of those glitches, Missingno was the most notable. Seen as likely the first (or at least most notable) ‘unintentional’ character in a video game, Missingno was a glitchy block like creature that was findable via an often known bug in the game.
And for those who don’t remember what said bug was… well you basically spoke to the old man in Viridian City, watched him catch a Pokemon, then flew to Cinnabar Island and surfed up and down on the coastline until strange Pokemon appeared. Like ‘random’ monsters at over level 100. Or the Missingno and M glitch Pokemon. Sometimes, Missingno even had forms based on the fossils and ghosts found elsewhere in the game!
But with the rerelease of the games on the 3DS Virtual Console, there was a few worries that the… more interesting aspects of the games would be cut. That for some strange reason, Nintendo would decide to remove the glitches that made the generation 1 games so memorable.
Fortunately though, that’s not the case. As you can see in this video from a French Youtuber, the Missingno glitch returns intact, complete with Missingno and M as catchable Pokemon in the same way as ever:
It also retains the ability to clone your items until you have more than 128 of whatever’s in the sixth slot.
So yeah, seems like these rereleases will keep in all the amusing bugs from the original games. Good news for anyone who liked the Mew glitch, Safari Zone glitch or Glitch City too I guess!
To commemorate the anniversary of the Pokemon franchise, the latest Splatoon Splatfest (read, special event where players can choose teams and battle it out) was based around the Pokemon series, with the choices being between Pokemon Red and Pokemon Blue.
And now, the results are in! In no particular order:
Pokemon Red had 61% popularity, 36% win rate Pokemon Green had 39% popularity and 64% win rate
Result: Pokemon Green team wins
Pokemon Red had 64% popularity, 43% win rate Pokemon Blue had 36% popularity, 57% win rate
Result: Pokemon Blue team wins
Pokemon Red had 55% popularity, 41% win rate Pokemon Blue had 45% popularity, 59% win rate
Result: Pokemon Blue team wins
As you can see, an all round win for the people who voted for Pokemon Blue in this event.
Interestingly enough, it seems like while the Blue team won the contest, the Red team had far more people voting for it. Part of this makes sense (Pokemon Red was more popular than Blue in the olden days, since Charizard was featured on the former’s box), but it still doesn’t explain why the less popular choice won. Are Pokemon Red fans somehow worse at Splatoon than Pokemon Blue fans? What’s the deal here?
Either way, those are the results for the latest Splatfest. Pokemon Blue wins in all regions.